Unless you’d like to get a ticket, save that text until you’ve safely crossed the street.
The Distracted Walking Law was passed in Honolulu, making it the first major American city to do so.
Pedestrians looking at their phone screens while stepping into intersections will now be punished under the law. The first fine will range between $15-35 while second-time offenders in the same year will be fined $35-75. That third time could cost up to $99.
The law was passed with the hopes of forcing pedestrians to pay more attention. Between 2000 and 2011 over 11,000 injuries occurred due to distraction by a phone while walking.
“Sometimes I wish there were laws we did not have to pass, that perhaps common sense would prevail,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at the bill-signing ceremony. “But sometimes we lack common sense.”
The new law is applicable to anything with a screen, including video games, cameras, and tablets, with the only exception being calls to 911.